Category Archives: VSA

vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: VSA Appliance root access! Why?

Sometimes you get odd requests from customers but usually they have a valid argument, in this case a customer had an intelligent UPS which performs a soft shutdown of the virtual machines in case of power failure and the batteries reach a minimum percentage of life. So my first attempt to troubleshoot this was to… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Replace a vSphere Storage Appliance (5.5)

I was troubleshooting at a customer’s site and I found out that one of the appliances for some reason is corrupt from a configuration perspective, the cluster would always see the appliance offline when the datastores are online and mounted. Anyway,  I decided to replace the appliance but prior to that I had done some… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: VMware VSA 5.3 Troubleshooting Scenario [1]

I’ve been recently involved in various VMware VSA implementations and I haven’t faced much problems with it, usually is something drastic happens to the vCenter server I would just reinstall the vCenter server and restore the VSA, but not yesterday ;-). Sadly I don’t have screenshots to make this scenario more clear but I will… Read More »

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VMware VSA 5.1.1.0 License Expired

Well today a customer called screaming out that the VSA’s license has expired (although the key’s were installed upon installation),  so I logged in to vCenter via vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client and  a nice “Expired” can be noticed. Note that the environment is still up and running and all the virtual machines that… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Configuring VSA 5.1 using a single quad NIC (Brownfield)

When I first read about the new features that are found in the new VSA I just couldn’t hold myself from tampering with it, in the lab all went well without any issue until I got stuck in a situation where I had two servers and both had a single quad NIC (I know it’s… Read More »

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